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Trenton mourns the passing of one of its favorite sons

web posted April 14, 2008
Below: Paul Wayne Carpenter
COLUMN – Trenton has lost another of its favorite son’s this weekend with the passing of 65-year-old Wayne Carpenter on Friday. Wayne was a true Trentonite. He was involved in all things that are Trenton from being Chairman of the Ridge Peach Festival for many years, the Halloween Carnival and Haunted House among other activities, which showed Wayne’s optimism and love of Trenton.

Wayne’s contagious laugh could never be missed. I can assure you that no one was ever in the presence of Wayne Carpenter and did not know it. 

I count myself among those fortunate enough to have known Wayne as I grew up in Trenton. Though much older than myself, I fondly remember the many times Wayne, like many in his family and the family that is Trenton, would grace our home.  

I remember his active participation in the Peach Festival from its inception. I remember the early years of the Peach Festival when all of Trenton would pull together to cook bar-b-que in a pit next to the Trenton Gym. Though many would grow weary well into the early morning hours, Wayne was one that would keep even the youngest present, including myself, awake with his jovial and booming laughter and quick-witted jokes.

Wayne was a stalwart constant in an ever changing world. He never fell into the “things are different now” mindset. To Wayne, everything was just as bright today as it always had been and his dedication to his family, his friends, and his town proved that to be true time and again. In fact, more often than not things proved to be better than expected when he had anything to do with it.

Trenton is not just another small town or some close-knit community; it is a family. It is something that no one from the outside can understand. It is something you have to live to understand and Wayne was the epitome of what it meant to be among the family of Trenton.

Once again a cloud of sorrow has passed over the Town of Trenton as one of its own is called home to serve our Lord for eternity. I know that the hand of God will be comforting his family and those who loved Wayne in this difficult time, just as I know the outpouring of love that comes from being among the family that is Trenton expresses itself once again.

And while all of Trenton grieves the passing of one of its favorite sons, I have no doubt things in heaven are a little different today. I get the feeling that saying, “may God rest your soul,” would be useless when it comes to Wayne. I can just envision Wayne already stepping up to St. Peter saying, “Hey, I’ve got an idea, what if we…” as he tirelessly tries to make things better for all those who surround him.

Instead let me say Godspeed, Wayne. You will be missed by all you so richly blessed during your time on this earth and we are all the better for have been a part of it.

Graveside Services for Paul Wayne Carpenter will be held today at 3 pm at the Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery in Trenton.


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